Police launch campaign against drink-drivers

PUBLISHED: 14:35 01 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:41 15 June 2010

Devon & Cornwall Constabulary is launching a campaign to deter people from driving if they have been drinking during the festive period.

Devon & Cornwall Constabulary is launching a campaign to deter people from driving if they have been drinking during the festive period. The campaign will run throughout December in a bid to cut the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads. It is part of a national campaign organised by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).Officers in Devon and Cornwall will be carrying out roadside checks in the evenings and early mornings. They will also continue to breathalyse all drivers involved in any kind of collision and any motorists whose driving may lead them to suspect they are under the influence of drink or drugs.Inspector Richard Pryce, from the Roads Policing Unit, said: "We will not tolerate drink and drugs driving at any time of the year but clearly focus our attention more during the party season. The message is simple, don't drink and drive. And if you know someone is drink driving, please let us know as lives could be at stake."The number of people who are killed through drink and drugs driving is too high and can be reduced. We urge people to think about how they are going to get home after they have been drinking and make suitable arrangements before they go out. "We would also like people to think about the morning after. Many people get up early and drive the morning after they have been drinking. If you drink until the early hours of the morning, you are likely to be over the limit when you get up in the morning. Think carefully about your plans for the next day and either delay driving, stop drinking earlier or do not drink as much.It is vital that we get this message across, drink/drugs driving will not be tolerated as it costs lives. We will be making every possible effort to deter and detect those who drive under the influence of drink or drugs. We are in the business of trying to prevent death and serious injury on the roads. Motorists must take a more responsible approach and if they do not, the consequences are extremely serious."All roads policing officers in Devon and Cornwall are trained in roadside Field Impairment Testing for drugs and anyone stopped driving who is suspected of being under the influence of drugs will be asked to undertake the test. The campaign will be supported by posters, beer mats and stickers in bars, pubs and clubs and advertising on petrol pumps throughout Devon and Cornwall.Those convicted of drink and drugs driving can expect to be banned for at least 12 months, receive a fine of up to £5,000 and six months in prison. Collisions resulting in a fatality where the driver is under the influence of alcohol carry a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

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